Tests come in all shapes and sizes. There are homework quizzes, pop quizzes, exams, and finals. When it comes to tests of Courage, many leaders believe they can wait for finals and pull out a passing grade or even an “A”. But if we have we have never taken those preliminary tests, how can we […]
Leaders of Character
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We spend a lot of time complaining about our leaders. Whether its politicians, supervisors, or coaches, most of us dwell on the shortcomings of others. Stop and ask yourself: Would you follow you?
Leadership if not for the wimpy. The challenges leaders face at work and at home will test your mettle. You will have to make choices of all sizes. Fear and discomfort are part of leading. Facing that fear and discomfort displays the guts it takes to be a Leader of Character.
Problem finders are everywhere. It does not take a PhD, a MBA or even a GED to be a good problem finder. It takes no skill or advanced education to point fingers. Problem finders usually wallow at the lower levels in organizations and rarely make it past middle management. However, problem solvers are rare. Problem […]
There should only be one point guard on a basketball team. If a team is nothing but point guards, that team is due for a losing season. When everyone wants to lead and no one wants to follow, the team is in trouble. Likewise, when nobody plays point guard and everyone is content to be a […]
The path of least resistance is often the road to hypocrisy. The smooth and easy paths in life rarely lead us to living a life of Integrity. That is why Integrity is so darn hard! I am not a saint. I have chosen the path of least resistance during my lifetime. When I look back […]
If the people around you are not getting better then you need to evaluate if you are truly doing what leaders should be doing. It is a leader’s Duty to help other people reach their potential. The people on my team and in my family are my responsibility. If they are not growing, the first […]
The team was sure their boss had emotional issues. “He could fly off the handle at any minute! If he doesn’t like you, your life will be hell. He really has a bad temper.” The leader was losing his team. He called it passion. They called it unpredictable. He did not want to ignore his […]
“Dave, my goal is to do your job someday.” Debbie confidently stated. My response was one word: “Why?” Too many people look at moving into leadership and moving up the chain of command as the definition of success at work. I wanted to be clear to Debbie that climbing the career ladder for climbing sake […]
In 2015, the first female graduates of the Army’s Ranger School set an example for all of us for Positivity and getting things done. They overcame unique obstacles as trailblazers in what has been an all-male enterprise. Plus, they overcame the traditional obstacles that have stopped generations of would-be male Rangers from earning the title […]